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Understanding the difference between internships, workshops and training programs

When it comes to planning an internship in the field of psychology, there’s one thing you can be sure of: you won’t have to pay for the opportunity. While it’s true that internships in psychology often don’t come with monetary compensation due to a lack of funds, it doesn’t mean you’ll never get paid. You see, as an intern, you’ll be assisting professionals in their work, which they may charge for, so it’s only fair that you receive some form of compensation. After all, you’ll be learning and contributing to their practice, gaining practical knowledge just like you would pay for lectures at university.

What are the Internships in Psychology?

Now, let’s talk about how to find these valuable internships. Lately, I’ve noticed people confusing internships with workshops. Unlike internships, workshops are programs where you don’t get paid. In fact, you may even be asked to pay to attend. Workshops typically have a structured format where topics are covered through discussions and activities. While they do allow you to learn more about specific subjects, they don’t provide as much real-life experience, although they may involve some practical aspects.

Recognizing the Value of a Workshop

Many individuals include workshops in their CVs, thinking it will boost their credentials. However, my dear friend, these workshops may not hold much value. Everyone seems to be participating in workshops these days, and simply filling your CV with workshop listings won’t truly help you stand out. It’s more of a superficial addition than a substantial one.

Now, how can we determine the value of a workshop? Well, it largely depends on the credibility of the organizers and the quality of the content delivered. While participating in specific workshops can demonstrate your interests in a particular domain, it’s important to remember that not all workshops are created equal.

Then, what about training programs?

Training programs, on the other hand, are different. In training programs, you shouldn’t expect to get paid, but you should have high expectations of gaining valuable knowledge and skills. A good training program should be intensive, leaving you with a real sense of accomplishment and expertise upon completion. When choosing a training program, consider factors such as the credibility of the trainers and the structure of the program. While many people tend to put emphasis on the authority of the organization offering the program, it’s important to note that not all programs associated with renowned organizations are necessarily valuable. Some organizations may simply use their authority in the field to sell training programs and generate revenue.

In conclusion, when seeking an internship in psychology, look for opportunities that provide real-life experience and practical knowledge. These internships offer a chance to learn from professionals in the field and contribute to their work. While workshops can be useful for gaining knowledge in specific topics, they may not hold as much weight in terms of practical experience. Remember to carefully consider the value and credibility of any workshop or training program before investing your time and effort. By prioritizing real-life experiences and practical learning, you’ll be on your way to building a strong foundation for your future career in psychology.

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Himangshu Kothari

I am the embodiment of psychology lurking everywhere. An art aficionado. Life’s a roller coaster without schedules or plans. Each morning brings new adventures – hopping with energy or scaling hills with determination. Spontaneity and fun guide my existence, embracing the joyful chaos life offers.

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